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Bin Laden 'not in Pakistan'

Pakistan’s information minister has denied reports that Osama Bin Laden could be in hiding on its territory. The minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, was responding to a report that letters written by the al-Qaeda leader had been found on Saturday. The AFP news agency said the letters were discovered during the arrest of the alleged mastermind of the 11 September attacks on the US, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. It is still not known for sure if Bin Laden survived the US-led campaign in Afghanistan against al-Qaeda and the Taleban. Mr Ahmed told the BBC Urdu service that it was not true any letters from Bin Laden were found on Sheikh Mohammed. And he was adamant that Bin Laden was not in Pakistan. AFP had quoted an unnamed security official as saying letters in Sheikh Mohammed’s possession “strongly suggest Bin Laden is alive and may be hiding in the region”. “Pakistani interrogators believe that the writing… matches that of Osama Bin Laden,” the official said. Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan said the arrest of Sheikh Mohammed had resulted in enough information to make further arrests in connection with al-Qaeda operations in the country. US President George W Bush has hailed the capture of Sheikh Mohammed as a “serious blow” to al-Qaeda. Full Story

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